Hart Crag in snow

Hart Crag in snow

Height: 2698 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbedFirst visit: 4th June 2011 (walk 36). Second visit: 19th April 2019 (walk 161).

Bagged as number: First round: 115 out of 330. [ << Dove Crag (114)  (116) Fairfield >> ]

Hart Crag summit cairn

Hart Crag summit cairn

Second round: 197 of 330. [ << Fairfield (196)  (198) Hartsop above How >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  First visit:  Approached on the ridge from Dove Crag, left on the ridge to Fairfield.

Second visit: Came over from Fairfield then dropped down to Hartsop above How.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Midway along the high-level traverse between Fairfield and Dove Crag is the rough top of Hart Crag, occupying a strategic position overlooking three valleys. To the northeast, Hart Crag follows usual mountain structure by sending out a long declining ridge, which forms a high barrier between desolate Deepdale and delectable Dovedale. North, a wall of crags defends the summit above the wild hollow of Link Cove, a hanging valley encompassed by cliffs: this is its finest aspect by far.”

Hart Crag and Rydale

Hart Crag, with Rydale below

What I say: The trouble with Hart Crag is that most people are going to pass over its top pretty quickly, as they are traipsing round the Fairfield Horseshoe path; this is, more or less, the halfway point. This is a mild shame because from some angles it is a fairly impressive object — and unlike other fells on the Horseshoe (particularly Fairfield itself) it looks quite good from all angles. The climb up from Patterdale, via the Hartsop above How ridge, will reveal its best side. Alas for Hart Crag however, its basic positioning means few people get to know it properly.

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